Out of Sight, Out of Mind

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IMG_6784We have a family group text, and yesterday my oldest daughter sent a message that her office was on lockdown. Needless to say, between me an my husband and our 5 children, my phone was lighting up every second with comments and questions. The police were hunting a criminal who they described as armed and dangerous.

Once we determined my daughter’s safety, the texts were more light hearted and some even hilarious. There was a man armed and dangerous on the run, but you would have never  known it from our texted conversations.

Do you find it interesting that I just went about my day as usual? I mean, my daughter was safe and the hunt wasn’t near me. I intentionally avoided areas where they said he was hiding, and I didn’t see police cars or hear sirens. I actually forgot it was happening until I saw it on the 6:00 news.

Out of sight? Out of mind? I hope not. After the news report, I was stunned by the amount of man power and outside resources that it took to take the situation under control. Not only was I unaware of the seriousness of the situation, but I completely underestimated the danger as well.

I couldn’t help but think about the real enemy who roams this earth like a lion seeking whom he might devour. However, because I don’t actually see the “lion” in my front yard, I go about my day as usual. Yet in John 10:10 it says that the enemy comes to steal, kill and destroy. “Going about my day as usual,” I obviously underestimate the power and plan of the enemy.

I don’t want to be that girl! The one who is unaware and unprepared. The second part of the verse in John 10:10 says that Jesus came in order to give life, and not just any life, but life abundant. In 1John 4:4 it says if you are a believer of God then greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world.  In Ephesians 6:10-18 We are told to put on the full armor of God and be on the alert!  I want to be THAT girl. As author, speaker, Priscilla Shirer says, “A girl with a Sword!”

6 Comments on “Out of Sight, Out of Mind”

  1. AuburnCathy

    Ah, Ruthie… I am leading the Armor of God Bible study by Priscilla Shirer…it is soooooo good! Girl with a sword and a big stick! And as she said…”We know the ending!” “O, glorious victory that overcomes the world!”
    Love that rooster…you could put a print of him out with your “girls” to keep them company

    1. ruthie

      Cathy!!!! Seriously, it is so amazing!I adore her! I love that you’re leading that study! Teaching makes you dig deeper, study more, and fall head over heels in love with Jesus all over again! I challenged a friend of mine to do the study as if she were teaching as well and it would change the way she did her homework and she is on fire!! She lives out of town and called me today and we’re meeting for coffee next week to discuss all that she’s discovering! Girl, you know I will be carrying my sword!!! Thank you for reading and sharing!!!! love to you!!!!!

  2. Sue Davies

    Ruthie,
    Glad you and your family were alright. I know the Bible tells us not to live in fear, but in today’s world we have to be vigilant at all times. I just finished rereading all of Jan Karon’s Mitford series books and I love how they are filled with scripture and left me up every time I read them. They make me stop and appreciate all that I am blessed with, especially family! Love your rooster.

    Sue In Fl.

    1. ruthie

      Sue! Thank you so much for stopping by and reading my blog and taking time to email me!!!!! You are right! We do have to be on the alert. The key is not only putting on our armor every day, but knowing each piece of armor intimately and what it can do! It is also realizing that God is greater and has already won. We are blessed! I too am overwhelmed and thankful!!! Thank you!!! love Ruthie

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